The drawing and representation of animals has existed since art began its life in cave paintings. It has remained a popular pursuit for artists throughout the ages, and across the globe. In order to be successful at drawing wildlife, observation must be parred with knowledge of anatomy. Edwin Noble's book on animal drawing promotes observational drawing, from the animals and birds in our nearby surroundings to wild creatures in their natural environment or from the zoo. It is easier to capture an animal at rest or sleeping, but it is important to denote movement. Such skills come with time and practice; gesture is often more important than detail when sketching.
The book begins by examining sheep, which with their wooly coats, can appear somewhat indistinct. In closer examination, Edwin explains what to look for - sometimes those subtle undulating curves that may have gone amiss, can make or break a drawing. Animal drawing continues in a similar vane throughout (some chapters more involved than others), studying sheep, horses, cows, dogs, birds and a general last chapter covers a much broader range of wild animals (typically a visit to the zoo provide the easiest and cheapest course of action).